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UMass Amherst Faculty Elected to APHA Leadership Roles

Drs. Airín D. Martínez and Aline Gubrium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst department of health promotion and policy recently assumed leadership roles in the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Assistant professor Dr. Airín D. Martínez, who joined the UMass Amherst faculty in September, has been selected to a three-year term as scientific co-chair for the Latino Caucus on Public Health (LCPH). The LCPH represents the unique perspectives and special public health problems common to Spanish-speaking individuals in the United States, and provides programs that explore the special issues of migrant workers, illegal immigrants, legal immigrants and those individuals who lack access to Western medical systems and rely on traditional indigenous systems of care.

“I’m honored and humbled to be selected to co-chair to the scientific section of the LCPH,” says Dr. Martínez. In this leadership role, she hopes to 1) collaborate more with other caucuses, special interest groups (SPIGs), and sections in APHA; 2) increase the membership and thematic sessions about non-Spanish speaking Latinx persons; and 3) promote participatory, transnational and multidisciplinary public health research and practice that promote Latinx health equity.

Associate professor Dr. Aline Gubrium has begun her two-year term as chair of the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) section following the completion of her one-year term as chair-elect. The SRH Section works to improve the health of women, men and children by ensuring that population, reproductive and sexual health remain major domestic and international priorities.

[Photo: Drs. Airín D. Martínez and Aline Gubrium (l to r)]

In her candidacy statement, Dr. Gubrium said her goals for the position would be to promote opportunities for public health students, faculty, and practitioners that 1) nurture and strengthen a fruitful multidisciplinarity in the section, across the biological and social sciences, humanities, and health professions; 2) encourage community-based research and engaged scholarship; 3) work from a reproductive justice orientation that promotes dignity and respect in research and practice; and 4) tap into the discipline’s critical and creative wellsprings and activist inclinations to address social inequality and health inequity.

Founded in 1872, the APHA is the preeminent association for public health professionals, championing the health of all people and all communities and advocating for public health issues and policies backed by science.